Sao Paulo’s Gay Pride parade draws more than a million people

Agence France-Presse
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June 3, 2013

More than a million people took to Sao Paulo’s streets for a massive Gay Pride parade, aiming to end discrimination and support same-sex marriage rights in Brazil.

Under rainy skies and cold that did not dampen many spirits, marchers waved banners like “Never going back in the closet” in the financial and industrial hub of this majority Roman Catholic country of about 196 million.

“We have got to make a change in the Constitution so that we are all citizens with the same rights,” said Culture Minister Marta Suplicy, a former Sao Paulo mayor and gay rights supporter, drawing cheers from the crowd.